With a view to minimising food grain losses in storage, the government has undertaken an important initiative to implement depot online system across all food storage depots of the Food Corporation of India (FCI).
“The government has decided to put in place an online system to automate the operations at 1928 FCI depots by July this year,” said Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, while releasing the logo and tag line for the initiative on March 17, 2016.
The depot online project is part of the overall vision of the Government of India to transform the food distribution supply chain in the country, the minister said. “It will facilitate process automation, standardisation and efficiency of the management of food grain distribution and enable real-time monitoring of operations and timely data reporting,” Paswan added.
In the run-up to implementing the depot online project, a contest was held on MyGov platform for designing a logo and tagline for depot online system last year. A large number of responses were received and more than 500 contestants participated. The contest was won by one Anurag Saxena, who was rewarded by Paswan at a ceremony at Krishi Bhavan.
Speaking on the occasion, Abhishek Singh, Executive Director, FCI, said, “Work in FCI will become paperless, and automation of the entire process from entry and exit of foodgrains at FCI depots would curb theft and manipulation. This will bring efficiency and transparency while also capturing real-time data to support decision-making process.”
Online depot will speed up the operation and all activities in FCI godowns will be operated through this system, Singh informed.